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Working As A Supervisor Nuclear Medicine

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Supervisor Nuclear Medicine Do

Nuclear medicine technologists operate equipment that creates images of areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images. 

Duties

Nuclear medicine technologists typically do the following:

  • Explain imaging procedures to the patient and answer questions
  • Follow safety procedures to protect themselves and the patient from unnecessary radiation exposure
  • Examine machines to ensure that they are working properly
  • Prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to the patient
  • Monitor the patient to check for unusual reactions to the drugs
  • Operate equipment that creates images of areas in the body, such as images of organs
  • Keep detailed records of procedures
  • Follow radiation disposal and safety procedures

Radioactive drugs, known as radiopharmaceuticals, give off radiation, allowing special scanners to monitor tissue and organ functions. Abnormal areas show higher-than-expected or lower-than-expected concentrations of radioactivity. Physicians and surgeons then interpret the images to help diagnose the patient’s condition. For example, tumors can be seen in organs during a scan because of their concentration of the radioactive drugs.

After graduation from an accredited program, a technologist can choose to specialize in positron emission tomography (PET) or nuclear cardiology. PET uses a machine that creates a three-dimensional image of a part of the body, such as the brain. Nuclear cardiology uses radioactive drugs to obtain images of the heart. Patients may exercise during the imaging process while the technologist creates images of the heart and blood flow.

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How To Become A Supervisor Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree from an accredited nuclear medicine technology program. Technologists must be licensed in about one half of the states; requirements vary by state.

Education

Nuclear medicine technologists typically need an associate’s degree in nuclear medicine technology. Bachelor’s degrees are also common. Some technologists become qualified by completing an associate’s or a bachelor's degree program in a related health field, such as radiologic technology or nursing, and then completing a 12-month certificate program in nuclear medicine technology.

Nuclear medicine technology programs often include courses in human anatomy and physiology, physics, chemistry, radioactive drugs, and computer science. In addition, these programs include clinical experience—practice under the supervision of a certified nuclear medicine technologist and a physician or surgeon who specializes in nuclear medicine.

The Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology accredits nuclear medicine programs. Graduating from an accredited program may be required for licensure or by an employer.

High school students who are interested in nuclear medicine technology should take courses in math and science, such as biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

As of 2015, about half of all states required nuclear medicine technologists to be licensed. Requirements vary by state. For specific requirements, contact the state’s health board.

Most nuclear medicine technologists become certified. Although certification is not required for a license, it fulfills most of the requirements for state licensure.

Some employers require certification, regardless of state regulations. Certification usually involves graduating from an accredited nuclear medicine technology program. Certification is available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).

In addition to receiving general certification, technologists can earn specialty certifications that show their proficiency in specific procedures or on certain equipment. A technologist can earn certification in positron emission tomography (PET), nuclear cardiology (NCT), or computed tomography (CT). The NMTCB offers NCT, PET, and CT certification exams.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Nuclear medicine technologists work with computers and large pieces of technological equipment and must be comfortable operating them.

Analytical skills. Nuclear medicine technologists must understand anatomy, physiology, and other sciences and be able to calculate accurate dosages.

Compassion. Nuclear medicine technologists must be able to reassure and calm patients who are under physical and emotional stress.

Detail oriented. Nuclear medicine technologists must follow exact instructions to make sure that the correct dosage is given and that the patient is not overexposed to radiation.

Interpersonal skills. Nuclear medicine technologists interact with patients and often work as part of a team. They must be able to follow instructions from a supervising physician.

Physical stamina. Nuclear medicine technologists must stand for long periods and be able to lift and move patients who need help.

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Supervisor Nuclear Medicine Demographics

Gender

Male

56.8%

Female

38.7%

Unknown

4.5%
Ethnicity

White

64.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Supervisor Nuclear Medicine Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

7.0%

Molloy College

7.0%

Hillsborough Community College

7.0%

Excelsior College

5.3%

Webster University

5.3%

Santa Fe Community College

5.3%

University of Findlay

5.3%

Duke University

5.3%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.3%

Neumann University

3.5%

Westfield State University

3.5%

Naval School of Health Sciences

3.5%

Troy University

3.5%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.5%

Pima Medical Institute-Online

3.5%

Broward College

3.5%

Great Plains Technology Center

3.5%

Houston Baptist University

3.5%
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Majors

Nuclear And Industrial Radiologic Technologies

22.5%

Medicine

17.0%

Business

15.1%

Medical Technician

7.8%

Health Care Administration

6.9%

Management

5.5%

Nursing

4.1%

Biology

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

General Studies

2.3%

Public Health

1.8%

Health Sciences And Services

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Medical Assisting Services

1.4%

Computer Science

1.4%

Social Work

1.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Veterinary Science

0.9%

Pharmacy

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

28.5%

Other

23.2%

Masters

19.5%

Associate

16.5%

Certificate

10.1%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.7%
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Top Skills for A Supervisor Nuclear Medicine

  1. New Procedures
  2. Radiation Safety
  3. Internal Medicine
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  • Full responsibility for Quality Assurance, Radiation Safety, License maintenance and patient dosing documentation.
  • Reviewed patient care procedural changes for effectiveness, serving as liaison between management and clinical staff.
  • Review current literature in Computer Science, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiology to determine potential improvements in software and hardware capacity.
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  • Maintain DOH regulatory guidelines for Radioactive Materials license.

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